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Deformation and the structural framework


In a broad sense, deformation can be defined as a change in the relative positions (displacement) of material points of a given body (rock) due to the action of a stress (force applied on the surface of the body).



Streakly speaking, displacement, or deformation sensu lato is a translation (a) + a bulk rotation (b) + a distorsion (c) or deformation sensus stricto, also called internal deformation . Note that (c) is a heterogenous deformation.


Note that a deformation (s.str.) can be homogeneous (a : every material point is deformed in the same way), heterogeneous but continuous (b) or discontinuous (c).



In practice, homogeneity of deformation is scale-dependent. A homogeneous deformation at a given scale (a) may not necessarily be homogeneous at a larger scale (b : Figure) :





By definition, deformed objects, rocks, are stretched along X (lineation) and flattened (foliated) perpendicularly to Z. The Y axis is perpendicular to X and Z. X ≥ Y ≥ Z define the structural framework.


In geology, in rock mechanics a material is often analysed as homogeneously (and therefore continuously) deformed, at least at a small scale (km, m, mm ).


Date: 2015-01-29; view: 2037

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